The Baby Snooks Show (sometimes called Baby Snooks and Daddy) began on CBS September 17, 1944, airing on Sunday evenings at 6:30pm as Post Toasties Time (for sponsor General Foods). The title soon changed to The Baby Snooks Show
CAST: Fanny Brice as Baby Snooks. Henley Stafford as Lancelot "Daddy" Higgins, Baby Snooks father. Lalive Brownell as "Mommy" Higgins (later played by Lois Corbet and Arlene Harris).Leone Ledoux as Snook’s little brother Roberspierre.
Baby Snooks came about through bad dentistry. Fanny had had teeth problems for years, and before one particular radio rehearsal her dentist let her come away without her dentures. Fanny was unable to speak properly. Frantic, the producer suddenly remembered a cute baby act Fanny would do at parties and in front of friends. It was the only thing she could do in her current condition. "What do you call her?" the producer cried. "Schnooks", lisped Fanny.
But she needed material instantly. Rapp and David Freedman (his writing partner at the time) frantically searched the nearest bookcase and came up with an out of print (public domain) collection of sketches by Robert James Burdette titled Chimes From a Jester’s Bells. Finding a humorous piece about a kid and his uncle called "The Simple Story of George Washington", the kid was switched to a girl, Rapp changed "Schnooks" to "Snooks", and history was made.
September 11, 2010 Subject:
Among the Best of Old Time Radio Humor
The preamble description on this collection misses a chunk of information: most of these recordings predate the Baby Snooks Show itself; many are snippets from the 1940-1944 Maxwell House Coffee Time. That being said, these brief 8-12 minute clips are among the funniest skits ever presented on Old Time Radio. The scripts and the two actors, Fanny Brice as Snooks and Hanley Stafford as Daddy are astonishingly contemporary in delivery and content. More than any other OTR comedy show, Baby Snooks has made me laugh. Outstanding gems that hold their value after 70 years!